TRAVEL AFTER BREXIT: WHAT WILL IT MEAN FOR AIRLINE PASSENGERS?

The UK is set to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019.

Brexit has profound implications for travellers. This is the latest on what we know, what we think we know and what we still don’t know.

Next up: flights.

Could some flights between the UK and European Union be grounded in the event of a no-deal Brexit?

Unlikely. The latest announcement made on 27 February 2019 by the European Council appears to lift the threat that the number of flights by UK airlines could be “capped” at 2018 levels. So you can book with almost complete confidence.

“Almost” complete confidence…?
If the UK leaves the European Union without a deal, complex passport rules will immediately come into effect.

At present, airline ground staff need only check that a British passport is valid to allow the holder onboard a flight to the EU. But after a no-deal Brexit, they will need to scrutinise passport issue dates for every adult British traveller before they are allowed onboard. This might delay aircraft departing from UK airports.

Given the way that UK-EU flights are scheduled with tight turnarounds and little slack in the system, it is possible that some flights could be cancelled.

What if my flight is delayed or cancelled?
The air passengers’ rights rules stipulated by the European Union will remain exactly the same, whether or not there is a Brexit deal.

For all flights from the EU to the UK, and flights from the UK to the European Union by EU airlines (including Ryanair), current legislation applies.

For UK airlines flying to the European Union, the Civil Aviation Authority says: “Once the UK has left the EU, airlines would be required to meet their existing obligations.” So in the event of flight cancellation or severe delay, you will be entitled to meals, accommodation and an alternative flight home as necessary.

If you arrive at your destination three hours or more behind schedule, you will also be entitled to cash compensation of €250 or €400 (depending on distance) unless the airline can demonstrate the cause was “extraordinary circumstances”.

Will “overflights” to other destinations outside the EU be affected?
No. Whether the UK leaves with or without a deal, such flights will be unaffected. The right to fly over a country is governed by the 1944 Chicago Convention, which all EU nations have signed.

So everything will remain the same as it is now?
No. Compared with a baseline of what would prevail if the UK had never voted to leave the European Union, fares are rising and choice is falling.

The slump in the pound following the referendum has pushed up costs in sterling for fuel and aircraft leases, and easyJet has spent millions setting up an Austrian subsidiary. The negative impact on the UK economy means that airlines are placing their aircraft elsewhere. Ryanair is expanding from the UK this year, but at a significantly lower rate than elsewhere in Europe.

The impact will be intensified after Brexit. The UK is very keen for “open skies” to continue – after all, the freedom to fly anywhere in the European Union is what has brought the UK the best-value flights in Europe. But there is no certainty that the “EU27” will be content to allow British airlines unfettered competition against their own carriers after Brexit.

Furthermore, as the exodus of EU workers continues, a number of routes may no longer be sustainable. In particular, links between the UK and eastern Europe depend on commuters from countries such as Poland, Slovakia and Hungary, as well as their friends and family. With fewer of them working in the UK, airlines may respond by cutting links.

Finally and possibly most importantly, the government’s stated policy is to remove the right for European Union citizens to visit the UK on a national ID card: “We intend to require all EU citizens to travel on a passport.” This is likely to deter millions of prospective leisure and business visitors, who do not require a passport to visit dozens of other countries and may not judge it worth obtaining one just to visit the UK.

Article Courtesy of the Independent -https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/brexit-flights-uk-eu-tickets-fares-cost-a8805951.html

Halmer Travel Team Build

We recently made the journey down to Brighton for a day of team building that included a CSI & Stocks and shares challenge.

The CSI challenge involved solving a murder, integrating witnesses an finding clues on how the man was murdered.

The stocks and shares challenge was about looking at the market and how it affected our money. Keeping up to date with the news to see if it would effect our stocks etc.

LINKEDIN RELEASES 2019 GLOABL TALENT TRENDS REPORT

Survey of thousands of hiring professionals highlights how four new trends are impacting hiring today.
Published on Jan 28, 2019, on the oficial Linkedin site – https://news.linkedin.com/2019/January/linkedin-releases-2019-global-talent-trends-report

LinkedIn released the 2019 Global Talent Trends report, an annual survey of hiring professionals which helps to inform how HR, talent acquisition and business leaders should approach their recruiting strategies for the coming year.

This year’s report focuses on the transition of the employer-employee power dynamic, giving way to a more transparent, trusting and reciprocal relationship through four new trends: soft skills, work flexibility, anti-harassment practices, and pay transparency.

Here’s what they found:

Pay Transparency – 53% of talent professionals agree pay transparency is extremely important in shaping the future of recruiting and talent. Why? Our report found that 57% of respondents agreed the top benefit of sharing salary ranges is streamlining negotiations, making hiring faster and easier.

Harassment – With more high profile sexual harassment cases taking over our airwaves, companies are feeling the pressure to respond. 75 percent of those surveyed noticed some change in workplace dynamics/culture over the last two years, and 80 percent said that their company has implemented some harassment prevention action in the last 12 months or is planning to.

Workplace Flexibility – 72% of talent professionals agree workplace flexibility — the option for employees to work when and where they’d like — is extremely important in shaping the future of recruiting and talent. Companies that embrace work flexibility have a huge competitive edge and it’s happening — there has been a 78% increase in job posts, mentioning “workplace flexibility” since 2016.

Soft Skills – With the rise of AI/automation changing the job market, 92% of talent professionals and hiring managers agree that candidates with strong soft skills are increasingly important. In fact, it could make or break of hiring the perfect candidate as 89% feel that “bad hires” typically have poor soft skills.

With employers being held to a higher standard and employees having access to more information into both the positives and the negatives of companies, more two-way conversations are being embraced—not just because it looks good, but because it’s good for business. You can read more about the findings here.

Methodology: Survey respondents are LinkedIn members who were selected based on information in their LinkedIn profile and contacted via email between September 18th and October 10th 2018. Behavioral insights for this report were generated from the billions of data points created by more than 590 million members in over 200 countries on LinkedIn today. This analysis was performed during October 2018.

Article courtesy of and for the for the full report visit:https://news.linkedin.com/2019/January/linkedin-releases-2019-global-talent-trends-report

Brits looking to squeeze in job-swap before Brexit

An increasing number of candidates are planning to change roles before March 29 2019 – the date the UK is scheduled to leave the EU – according to research from Morgan McKinley.

The researchers found there has been a 26% increase in professionals seeking new jobs, month-on-month in October 2018, which suggests workers are aiming to swap jobs before the March deadline.

“Businesses are holding their cards close to their chests, prepared to hold off on announcements until the very last minute, and that’s worrying their staff”, says Hakan Enver, Managing Director, Morgan McKinley Financial Services.

“Professionals who want to stay in London, but are concerned about their roles being transferred overseas, are leveraging the shrinking window of time to try and secure a job locally.”

Despite the increased interest in new roles, the report found there has been a 33% decrease in jobs available, year-on-year.

A CBI business-leader survey released in October found that four out of five firms reported Brexit as having already hurt their investment plans, adding that they would implement ‘damaging’ contingency plans if they cannot get more clarity on the terms of the UK’s departure from the European Union.

“There’s no way to fully quantify the loss in investments that have taken place during the last two years. But you can draw a straight line from those withheld investments and the 33% decline in jobs from one year ago”, says Enver.

The researchers added that Brexit isn’t the only culprit for the challenging jobs climate. Trade wars in multiple regions, paired with a political climate that rewards antagonism over collaboration and the promise of rising interest rates, have all added to a climate of confusion that is impacting the hiring market.

“Brexit’s grip on jobs feels permanent, but one way or the other, the fever will break in the coming months,” adds Enver. “The question now is how deep a hole will we have to climb our way out of come March?”

Article Courtesy of:https://www.recruitmentgrapevine.com/content/article/2018-11-12-brits-looking-to-squeeze-in-job-swap-before-brexit

Employment & Wages up again – But progress is slowing

EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES UP AGAIN BUT PROGRESS IS SLOWING

Wages are on the increase amid near record rates of employment, according to official figures.

Data released by the Office for National Statistics this morning reveals unemployment fell by 47,000 to 1.36m in the three months to August and pay rose by 3.1% over the quarter, compared with a year ago, while inflation for the same period was 2.5%.

There were 32.39m people in work over the quarter – down 5,000 on the previous quarter.

Commenting on the data, Pawel Adrjan, UK economist at the global job site Indeed, said Britain’s labour market is slowly pivoting from job growth to pay growth: “Average pay is now growing at its fastest rate since 2008, and the curtain could finally be starting to come down on the lost decade of stagnant wages.

“With the number of new jobs created flatlining as the economy hovers close to full employment, employers are having to fight harder and pay more to recruit staff.

“For the economy to deliver more sustained pay growth it needs an injection of the labour market ‘X factor’: better productivity.”

Also commenting Recruitment & Employment Confederation CEO Neil Carberry said the data reflected the strong performance of the UK’s flexible jobs market, with wages rising in real terms and near record rates of employment.

“But there is some evidence that progress has slowed as businesses enter a holding pattern ahead of any Brexit deal.

“What we need now is for the government to take a pragmatic approach that delivers a smooth Brexit for the economy – and for people’s jobs. A transition period and longer-term clarity and stability on terms of trade and mobility between the UK and the EU are essential to avoiding a bumpy landing.”

Article Courtesy of:
https://www.recruiter.co.uk/news/2018/10/employment-and-wages-again-progress-slowing

Discover the Journey – Networking event

Join us for a few drinks, nibbles and the opportunity to network and find out about our many travel job opportunities.

What to Expect
Drinks on arrival, limited bar tab followed by a cash bar, selection of hot and cold food and information on Halmer Travel’s exciting job opportunities.

Date
Thursday 1st February 2018

Time:
From 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Venue:
Dirty Martini Hanover Square
London, W1S 1JH

Confirm you are coming by RSVP to manisha@halmertravel.co.uk

Happy New Year – Its time for a NEW job

Now that the festive season is over, we just wanted to let you know that our offices are open and we have lots of fantastic job opportunities available. Many new roles have come in this week and we are looking for Travel professionals.

If you feel its time for a change and you are looking for a new job, get in touch with us today.

Halmer Travel

Festive Season

We just wanted to wish all of our clients and candidates a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Our offices are closed from Friday 22 December at 12:00pm and reopen on Tuesday 2nd January at 8am.

For any urgent enquiries, please contact us on the below mobile number
07931 999 777

Happy Holidays

Travel Event – Postponed

Unfortunately due to the planned TFL strike on Thursday 05 October, we have decided to postpone our Travel Industry Meet & Mingle. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information on the new Meet & Mingle event. Remember, we’ll be giving away £115 in vouchers over a few drinks and nibbles, so don’t miss out!

Apologies again and we hope to see you all soon.

Many Thanks
Halmer Travel

Macmillan Coffee Morning – Join Us

Come join the Halmer Travel team on Friday 29th September from 10am for some delicious cakes baked by the Halmer Travel team who are raising money for the Macmillan Cancer Support.

Suggested £2.00 donations, it’s the taking part that counts, so please remember it could all help to support someone facing cancer.